Best balance trainers according to redditors

We found 570 Reddit comments discussing the best balance trainers. We ranked the 203 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Foam rollers

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u/siphillis · 37 pointsr/nba

Kawhi's choice of foam roller , for anyone interested.

Not great for beginners or anyone looking for a full-body solution, but my go-to for anything related to the leg.

u/2PlateBench · 28 pointsr/Fitness

If I were to buy another roller it would be another grid roller. Every time. Gets deep and does the trick. Forget the soft ones, they don't do what needs to be done if you actually have trigger points, and workout long enough, you will get them.

Also get a lacrosse ball for small areas.


u/Dfiggsmeister · 24 pointsr/Fitness

I've used that one before, its ok for getting out kinks, but I prefer this one. It's better on your back if you're trying to get out knots and roll out the spine, plus its hard enough to put your body weight on; I'm 250+lbs so it holds my weight well. It's a little more costly but it works well.

u/MFesLoca · 24 pointsr/running

I swear by my foam roller.

I did a gnarly set of stair sprints yesterday morning and as the day progressed I was sure I was going to be hurting something fierce today. So before I went to bed I foam rolled the shit out of my legs in various ways and woke up good to go.

You can use a tennis ball on your feet in the much the same way.

u/Binsky89 · 17 pointsr/Fitness

Yoga, yoga, yoga. It's awesome for you. Not only does it help prevent injuries, chicks dig it too (go take a class). Also, buy yourself a rumble roller or a trigger point. These things are amazing for post workouts. What they essentially do is allow you to give yourself a deep tissue massage. A lot of people use regular foam tubes to roll out their muscles, but the only problem with them is that it's hard to target a specific knotted muscle since it will roll away when you put pressure on it. The foam rollers I listed above allow you to catch the knotted muscle and apply pressure.

Just a warning, though; using the rumble roller (it's what I have) is extremely painful for the first several uses. As a person with an unusually high tolerance to pain the rumble roller made gasp for air it hurt so much. The pain is definitely worth it, because you'll recover faster, preform longer, and reduce your risk of injuries (when I use it before and after a 2 hour run I do not get sore the next day).

But seriously, Yoga.

u/talkwithmikey · 14 pointsr/Fitness

A foam roller is a more or less a big log of foam that can be used as a fitness tool or massage device. Placing the foam roller on the ground and rolling different muscle groups over it is very delightful. Using it on the legs and back can offer a great solo massage that is a great release after a hard workout.

I recently bought The Grid and couldn't be happier!

u/failsafe0 · 12 pointsr/xxfitness

I second the food scale specifically, the one I have and has worked for 5 years is this one and get a foam roller with the remainder. This foam roller is $13.51 and is the same style that my gym has.

That said, this food scale is only 11 bucks with the same rating as mine, so I would recommend buying that one! The most important thing to me for a food scale is idle time -- if I leave it for 2 minutes, will it turn off? I don't want it to, sometimes I am mid-weight and still chopping and want it to remain "on".

u/14qrafzv · 11 pointsr/xxfitness

You can search Amazon or wherever you shop for "foam roller" and it'll pull up something like:

So you want to roll your butt? Sit on and shift your weight to move the roll.

Here's another article with good visuals:

u/TheCrimsonGlass · 11 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I have this one. The short one is fine. I'm 6'1".

u/nickstl77 · 10 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

I use a foam roller, works every time. Put foam roller on floor, lay down on it so the roller is going across your back, not vertically. Roll up and down while letting your back relax.

Something like this one. It needs to be the very stiff kind otherwise it won't work.

u/userspuzzled · 10 pointsr/Fitness

I had one, I bought the Confidence Treadmill and removed the handles. It worked well for walking but I had several issues, the desk I was using did not raise up high enough to cover the additional height from my treadmill, it was clunky to move when I wanted to sit back down, and it turned out the treadmill automatically turned off after 30 minutes with no warning. After lurching in to my standing desk over and over for about a year I gave it up.

I still have the standing desk but I replaced the treadmill with a balance disc. I can step on either side of it like a stair stepper and it doesn't try to kill me.

I used the treadmill for about 4-5 hours per day at a slow walking pace. I found I could do easy stuff like emails and conference calls while walking but I had to sit down if I needed to really use my brain for anything. I was not actively trying to lose weight just getting some movement in at work so I wasn't making any diet changes, I maybe lost 10 lbs in that year.

u/PurelyNicole · 10 pointsr/ADHD

Get a foam roller. It'll roll all of the pops out of your back.

But if you have long hair, be careful. It hurts like hell if you get it caught under the roller. Not that I would know anything about that...

u/MechanicalTim · 9 pointsr/running

Another vote for the GRID torture device foam roller.

u/Jesus_Your_Gardener · 9 pointsr/Swimming

Honestly, other than diet and recovery techniques, I don't think you're missing out on too much. It's great that you're doing this. I would recommend throwing a little bit of cardio in there during the afternoons or something, then that would be great. Just run for twenty minutes a day.

Swam competitively from first grade to twelfth. I started off with, like, thirty minutes of practice a day. Once I got to high school, practices ranged from 2 hours to 4.5 hours, with Sundays as days off. Never really took into consideration how many laps we did, but I want to say anywhere between 7000 to 10000 yards a day (or about 280 to 400 laps). I stopped competitive swimming after high school because my doctor said my knees and ankles were really weak or something, so now I'm just swimming an hour a day. Still don't know how much I swim, but I would guess anywhere from 1000 to 2000 yards. As for times, used to be 5AM to 6-6:30AM and then again at 3:30PM to 6:30PM, which included dryland (like weights, cardio, abs); on Saturdays, practices were from 9AM to 11AM. Once I dropped competitive swimming and got to college, I would swim before my classes start from 7AM to 8AM; if I'm back home, I would just swim an hour before or after work at the YMCA I work at, so I could start at 7AM or start at 7PM, depending on what my schedule looks like.

I would never use a sauna or steam room. As stated by that other guy, those things drain your energy. I would always get the feeling of being in bed for like 16 hours and trying to get up. A cheap way to recover is to stretch before AND after your swims. If you have the time, can afford them, and can find a place, a few other things you could do are ice baths, massages, and buying a foam roller. But the best way to recover is, hands down, getting seven to nine hours of sleep a day so you won't feel like shit.

Diet is kinda tough. For competitive swimmers, our diets would change depending on what part of the season we were in. For instance, before a big meet, we would load up on protein and fats and stay low on carbs. However, for the most part, I think the casual swimmer can do the same. Obviously, avoid anything high in sugar (soda) and try to avoid preservatives. Fast food will also make you feel really bad. (Only exception to that is something that has electrolytes, like Gatorade for after practices.) For me, before every practice, I would eat a small protein bar and then make myself a really healthy shake (usually vegan) for after both practices. Never really kept anything consistent for my meals, but a constant was always a green salad mixed with fruits (no dressing). Every Saturday night, I would have wings or something more on the unhealthy side since I didn't have practice on Sundays.

Also, stay hydrated.

u/UdderlyFoolish · 9 pointsr/xxfitness

What kind of foam roller do you have? I have this cheap one from Amazon but to be honest I've never gotten into it. It just hurts - I know it's supposed to be painful when you do it, but I never feel any relaxation or release of tension afterward and it feels bulky and awkward, like I use up all my energy just trying to balance on the thing haha. Maybe I need one with a smaller diameter?

u/brumboz · 7 pointsr/running

Getting a foam roller was the best thing I ever did for IT band issues.

u/itsacoup · 7 pointsr/CPTSD

A soft pool noodle could be a really gentle way to start! Can't say I've ever used them myself but I could see how it would work. This high-density foam roller is the kind I started on and is great for foam rolling beginners as you get used to the sensation and technique; this grid-type roller is what I use now, and it can be quite intense if I haven't rolled in a while. This is what I'd consider the most advanced roller and I honestly haven't even tried it myself but I imagine it would be very effective but kinda ouchy, even if you're used to rolling! I also recommend a lacrosse ball or any other small (3-4 inches in diameter) pure rubber ball for targeting particular spots-- a tennis ball would also work as a slightly softer option.

The trickiest thing with foam rollers is getting used to the sensation enough that you don't tense up and fight it, which is why it's good to start with softer options. YouTube videos can show you safe form for rolling, and always hydrate extra after you roll! :) I hope this is helpful, let me know if I can share anything else!

u/octaffle · 7 pointsr/dogs

This is a good, inexpensive piece of equipment to start with.

You can make your own cheapo cavalettis with these cones and dowels jammed through the slots. I think I was able to get the cones cheaper at Wal-Mart than from Amazon, and dowels are very inexpensive from the craft section of Wal-Mart. These are not super sturdy, but they're okay for a MAS.

You can use yogurt lids or pieces of cardboard as targeting objects. You can use overturned bowls in place of those Paw Pod things.

I'd start with targeting if your dog is clumsy. Rear targeting requires very little extra equipment and usually takes a while to solidify, and will likely improve clumsiness the most. Front paw targeting helps too, and so does a target stick. Dowel+split tennis ball jammed on top makes a great target stick.

u/DearChaseUtley · 7 pointsr/boston

Save yourself time and $ and just get one of THESE

u/meow203 · 7 pointsr/artc

2 random unrelated questions:

  1. So I’ve only started following the pro/elite scene recently, and I’ve been wondering -- how come most professionals (BTC, NOP, NAZ elite, etc) don’t/are not allowed to (?) make their training public, while others (mainly in the trail/ultra world) do make their training public, at least Strava-wise. Surely it’s not the sponsor, right? -- Hoka for example sponsors NAZ elite and ultra runners like Sage Canaday, Tim Tollefson, Jim Walmsley etc.

  2. You all made me really curious about the R8 from the overwhelming number of positive reviews. What does everyone like so much about it? What magical things can the R8 do that my cheapo Amazon Basics foam roller can’t do? Top 3 reasons you decided to upgrade to the R8?
u/obligatory_mom_joke · 6 pointsr/running

My girlfriend bought this foam roller a year or so ago. I only recently discovered how awesome it is and have kicked myself for not using it earlier.

They are a bit expensive... but the ones that cost a little more (like the one I linked above) are a hard, sturdier foam with less give. You really want some firmness to it for it to be effective. Some rollers are too foamy, like this. I would spend a little more for a denser foam.

u/pporkpiehat · 6 pointsr/alpinism

I had a pretty catastrophic foot injury about a decade ago (calcaneal fracture), and the best thing I've found to strengthen my resulting weak ankle is wobble board work. Boards are cheap (<$20) and don't take up space, and the exercises aren't even very strenuous, but regular work goes a long way.

u/jaadra · 6 pointsr/Referees

Well where I’m from, Marshalls, TJ Maxx & Ross stores are places where they sell a variety of things - including rollers.

If you don’t have any of those stores near where you’re at, Amazon has this roller up for sale. Purchasing one of these things was a great investment for me as I know I’d always be out at the fields every weekend. Again, highly recommend!

u/tishpickle · 6 pointsr/TalesFromYourServer

I understand totally - I have it really bad in my right foot and its chronic because I didn't listen to my body when the pain started and kept working on it through Christmas and then ended up with a bad knee because it hurt so much. Listen to the doctor. Also recommend seeing a physiotherapist if you can.

1. Stretches

Firstly you need to do stretches every single day. Google plantar fasciitis stretches and you'll get a list of them. I do the wall stretch and use a theraband to do the lying down foot stretch every morning before getting out of bed.


Rest is always going to help - I try to rest my foot on weekends and also try to follow "full hands in/out" at work to reduce the number of steps I do even by a little bit.

Ice fill a water bottle with water and freeze then roll your foot each night to loosen the fascia.

Compression - I use an ankle support sock from Amazon for work that is low profile and helps keep the inflammation down.

Elevation we spend 8,10 or 12+ hours standing with blood pooling in our lower body... try lying down on the floor with your legs up against the wall, or even on the couch at 90 degrees... it makes a world of difference.


Spiky Ball/Massage Roller
I have a hard plastic spiky ball for rolling out the arch of my foot which helps a lot with the tightness. Also I use a foam roller to loosen my calf muscles up.


I was reccomended to get insoles by my physio - they're called Super Feet and come in varying levels of hardness, I use the Green ones that have the highest arch - they help support the plantar whilst its healing and stop it cramping up.

Shoes - supportive non slip shoes that are not Converse or Vans - more like high support Sketchers or Dansko if you've got the budget.

u/chickenlittle012 · 5 pointsr/Fitness

Foam rolling. []

A good foam roller and a tennis ball will really help keep you limbered up. It has kept me up and running six days a week for the last four months with almost no pain save from my own idiocy.

This [] and this site [] have tons of information about how to actually use the stuff for maximum benefit.

You might also want to try some barefoot/minimalist running and see what your bio-mechanics are like, if you have a weird foot strike or other problems, you'll certainly know pretty quickly! Hope this helps.

u/TheOnlyCaveat · 5 pointsr/running

I second this. I had the same problem last year training for my half. Nothing was working until I got myself a Trigger Point GRID foam roller. Night and day.

u/akharon · 5 pointsr/bjj

Do both. You'll see which you like. Then when you're further along, try the one you haven't gravitated towards again.

A foam roller like this is good. Something with a non-compressible core. If you're feeling up to it, just get a section of thick wall PVC pipe, you can get it from an irrigation supply store.

u/SplitMyPants · 5 pointsr/Fitness

Get a foam roller, it hurts at first but you'll get used to it. I couldn't live without mine, I have The Grid.

Buy: The Grid Foam Roller or High Density Foam Roller

Read: Article
and Wikipedia Article

Watch: Videos

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u/EmperorSelassieEye · 5 pointsr/rawdenim
u/aurical · 5 pointsr/Fitness

The basic ones are actually quite inexpensive.

I got a 3 ft long x 6 in dia "extra firm" roller on amazon for $20, the 1 ft version is under $8

u/BogusBuffalo · 5 pointsr/OldManDog

Most of his life, yea. I adopted him from a shelter in El Paso in graduate school. He had a crooked leg - the vet tried to fix it but it just kept going right back, so we left it. Around 5 years old (ish) he quit using it so we just took it off.

We've always been pretty active - lots and lots of hiking, especially in the mountains, and I'd taking him running with me (he'd set the pace, usually off leash, average run was probably about 3-ish miles). We also did some 'core strength' work using stability pads ( like this and this ). We've had to use shoes (ruffwear is awesome because they'll sell you one size shoe for the paw that is by itself (usually bigger than the other two) and then the small size for the other two, about $15/shoe) to go hiking because he was having a hard time with his pads (he cut himself twice on completely different hikes on rocks). We've also had to use a harness with a handle on the top more lately just to help him over obstacles. As time goes on, we take more breaks and use a combination of CBD/anti-inflammatory foods/holistic pain management stuff to deal with joint/pain issues (I try to use prescribed pain-management pills only when needed - I get worried about liver function). Lots of good joint supplements ,more as time goes on (fish oil, glucosamine/chondroitin/msm, etc).

Overall, I don't know exactly what helps, any of that could, but it could just be good genetics too.

Either way, I owe that dog my life, so he gets whatever he wants.

u/ab_ab · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

I think this video is a great resource for where/how/why to foam roll. The foam roller he uses is a dense foam wrapped around a pipe similar to this, but you might want to start with something a little more forgiving like this.

From the very limited research I've done, conflicting info about this subject is really, really common. Do what works for you (and please don't hurt yourself)!

u/NotthatFLman · 5 pointsr/running

What do y'all do for foam rolling when you travel?

Mine is this 18" long one from Amazon, it works great at home, but is a bit big for a suit case. Should I just buy a smaller one for traveling or is there a better alternative?

u/centsless · 4 pointsr/Meditation

Is this what you're talking about?

u/Antranik · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I personally like this one the best:

After getting used to that one, I feel like the black, plain jane firm ones, are almost useless in comparison!

u/oscarray · 4 pointsr/Fitness

What exactly is wrong with foam rolling the lower back? Spine in an unnatural position?

Any differences of preferences?




u/EtherGnat · 4 pointsr/running

I traveled with the Grid Roller in my carry on. It's hollow, so I just stuffed my socks and underwear in it and jammed it in a side pocket.

u/bugchild9 · 4 pointsr/Swimming
  1. I am a huge fan of rollers and sticks. Helps with recovery, along with stretching.

  2. Stay consistent in your sleep schedule, get a solid 8 hours.

  3. Eating, I never found eating healthy to be beneficial, but eating enough was difficult.
u/chadnik · 4 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I feel you on keeping tension in a particular place (though for me it's my lower back). Here are my tips:

  • Get a foam roller like this. Feels great on lots of body parts, and I particularly love it on my upper back near my shoulders.

  • Try going to a yoga studio just for a basic class. Get there a little early and before the class, ask the instructor if she could include any shoulder stretches. Most are very happy to accommodate requests, or will show you some right then and there.

  • Could it be related to your posture? Try adjusting the height of your chair or working desk, maybe. Or try a standing desk.

  • My absolute favorite stretch for shoulders is the following:

  1. Stand upright with your arms out in a T.
  2. Cross your arms over one another, trying to get as close to that T shape as you can again.
  3. Lie down on your stomach on a firm surface, keeping your arms in this position. Rest your opposite cheek from the shoulder that is closer to the ground (so if your left shoulder is nearer the ground, your right cheek will be resting on your right arm). You should feel the stretch in the shoulder/arm closest to the ground.

    Let me know if that's unclear...I can try to draw a (terrible) diagram!
u/tomkatt · 4 pointsr/Fitness

You can get one for pretty cheap really, and they're worth every penny. I stalled out for a while, was tight all over, and regularly sore. After getting a foam roller and using it on a regular basis, I'm not as tight, and I'm making progression again on my lifts.

I ordered this one on amazon, I can't see how $20 is too expensive for something so important, especially compared to the cost of other fitness equipment.

u/aggieotis · 4 pointsr/bicycling

Two Words: Foam Roller

Stretching does nothing for me. Yoga's cost/benefit ratio for flexibility is debatable for me. But 5 min on a foam roller and I'm as good as new.

Foam Rolling How-to

u/dutch86 · 4 pointsr/P90X

I'd pass on the one from beachbody. I'd grab one off amazon, like this:

Same thing, just at a better price point. I would definitely recommend getting one with the nodules though. I feel they are a real benefit.

u/c8lou · 4 pointsr/xxfitness

I just added a small edit, but I can go into more detail about that! Just remember that my program was specific to me after my physio did an assessment of where I was weak and where I was tight.

My program is oriented towards lower abs (aka pelvic floor) and glute meds. The first round of exercises was focused on doing 45s plank, 15s side plank, 60s bridge, and an exercise called a clam that targets the glute med, daily. After I'd upped my strength with those exercises, we moved on to doing push ups, tucks, and pikes with my feet on an exercise ball. We also added on Palloff Presses and ab rollouts on the exercise ball.

A huge part of my physio has been one-leg squats, but with some VERY specific checks around my glute and foot form and stability (I'm also flat footed) that you would need a professional to guide you on in person.

Lately, we've upped things to add lunges and squats on the Bosu Ball, and pushups on the TRX bands. I was completely incapable of doing those exercises when we first started.

Edit: on top of the strengthening exercises, I have some specific stretches to do at work for my tight hip flexors (sitting + cycling = tight hips big time) as well as a stability cushion for my office chair.

u/bad_llama · 4 pointsr/ultimate

Check out a balance board. Used properly, it will do wonders for your ankle stability.

u/Username_Used · 4 pointsr/Fitness

One thing I found that helps immensely is a balance board while standing. It keeps my core engaged and keeps my legs from ever locking into one position and staying that way for too long. Only takes a day to get used to it and it made a huge difference in how it felt to stand for 4-5hrs at a time. This is what I have.

u/SuperObviousShill · 4 pointsr/guns

For the chair.

But seriously, all the 50-200$ chairs on Amazon and whatnot are made for like the hypothetical average 5'8" 170 pound world citizen. You can either bite the bullet and get something solid from a quality furniture producer, or start doing exercises to help your neck and whatnot. This will actually help you a ton.

u/clove7 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

As you do more and more self-myofascial release, softer tools won't get the job done. So with a denser roll it might suck more to start with, but you'll get more use out of it. Not to mention it will last longer.

Go with a dense roll like this or just get a PVC pipe and wrap it in some kind of mat so it doesn't slide.

u/NoontideDemon · 3 pointsr/kettlebell

Even if you are a man, to bulk up on kettlebells will take a dedicated plan. You would have to train, eat the right things and enough, and get sufficient sleep. Most exercises with KB are compound movements that work large parts of the body, there is typically not enough focus on small groups of muscles to produce the ra

Bulking is a lot more work that people think.

I would just say go all four days, do what you can, respect your limits, lift as heavy as you can not as heavy as you want.

You will be viciously sore for a few weeks. Hot baths with epsom salts and a foam roller will make a big difference. Make sure to eat sufficient calories for recovery.

P.S. Comrade TriangleMan, were you the guy who beat up PersonMan?

u/cricketthehorsecat · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I'd like to recommend this roller from Amazon. Mine is 4 years old now and going strong (none of the sagging/squishiness that can happen), plus my gym has the same kind and they even hold up to public abuse well!

u/geeyoupee · 3 pointsr/Fitness

This is the one I got. Not sure if it ships to Canada or not. It's pretty stiff but you get use to it and I feel it works better.

u/incster · 3 pointsr/running

I have this one. It has a rigid core, and doesn't deform, even with all my weight on it. I have had it for several years, and it is still going strong.

u/OrangeFeelz · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I personally use this one, which is (admittedly) on the more expensive side:

To be honest, I don't really know the difference between this and the other types out there. I really bought it because some of the YouTubers have it and it looked cool. But I figured its an investment and have been using it for months and still functions and looks brand new. The small footprint and light weight is great for carrying as its always in my gym bag. I don't want to be carrying a 36" foamroller in and out of the gym.

Also, foamrolling hurts... in the beginning. You can apply light pressure in the beginning if its painful and gradually build up to more pressure. It was agonizing at first, but it feels goddamn amazing now and I can't imagine myself not foamrolling before beginning my workout.

u/clay_target_clubs · 3 pointsr/Fitness
u/SuperPierog · 3 pointsr/yoga

Got the same issue here with hamstrings. Not sure on poses but I recommend foam rollers. Avoid the cheaper soft ones. Get something similar to this

u/Witchscree · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

TJ Max/Marshall’s/Winners sometimes has good ones! I got one with a hard plastic centre and medium foam studs on the outside. So much better than the kind that are foam all the way through. I think I paid less than 20$

It was this one link

u/InternalEnergy · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Foam roller for self therapeutic massage. Great for workout recovery. I, and many others here, like this one

u/LamarOdom_DoomAlarm · 3 pointsr/weightlifting

If you can, get yourself a physical therapist.

I've had this before and what really helps me is foam rolling the quads and outsides of the thighs and one legged squats (paying particular attention to activating the glutes, depth isn't important).

u/slacksonslacks · 3 pointsr/running

Absolutely! High mileage runner with very tight calves here.

The best thing you can do is to get some form of massage- a foam roller or "stick". Honestly those are completely worth the money and really help loosen up your calves and achilles. Other than that, ice and stretch and ibuprofen!

u/Privac · 3 pointsr/P90X

Medicine balls: I used two med balls when I did P90X2 -- one for each hand. Both are the 8-pound versions of these. You could use up to 4 but that was way more money than I wanted to spend. When you use them, you're usually balancing on them anyway so the weight of the ball isn't much of an issue. I don't recall whether there were any exercises done with using them as actual weights...

Foam roller: I bought this one in 36" full round. Worked just fine.

I used X2 as a way to just become more fit in general. I lost about 15 pounds and gained some muscle for sure, but I didn't get massive -- I got bigger but it was more in a slim and fit-looking way if you know what I mean. I looked at the Body Beast stuff but couldn't stand the bro vibe.

P90X3 requires less equipment than X2 (no med balls, no foam roller), but does require a good range of dumbbells and I can recommend that program as well for all-around improvement. I am 2 days away from starting the third block of X3. It's challenging but fun. Shorter workouts does NOT mean easier in this case. Very few breaks and they are miniscule. A friend of mine did P90X and is now in love with X3 because of the massive time savings it provided.

Good luck!

u/brother_dean · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Yeah I can imagine your frustration and if you have it as a mental goal its quite hard to let go of it.

I'd say carry on trying to do a Sit-Up every so often as your strength progresses. It might turn out that you will end up being able to do them and its not going to wreck your back just doing 1. But I doubt its a strength issue, probably more to do with flexibility or spinal mobility (both get harder to improve as you get older and if you push your boundries with them you can end up in a lot of pain and trouble).

People hate ab workouts but I really love em, I'm always switching exercises and trying new things. Frog Crunches and Ab Wheels are also a cool thing to try if you haven't tried em.

EDIT: Just to add, I saw someone else here write that having a bigger upperbody than lowerbody will mean you can't do Sit-Ups, thats definatly not true.

2nd EDIT: Also, if you want to work on flexibility (and reduce soreness after workouts) check this routine & video out:

All you need to do is buy a cheap foam roll (I bought this one off Amazon- and then do them after workouts. You don't need to do them in the gym you can even do them around an hour after working out when your at home.

u/NEET_Here · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Get a foam roller and use it on your IT band, helps with knee pain. Most important thing though is getting good squat form. I recommend practice with body weight squats and replicate that movement with a barbell on your shoulders from the beginning.

If it hurts too much with a foam roller or you don't want to get one, you can try this method

u/MassivelyMini · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I bought one that I thought was too big, but after initial use, I'm glad I got the bigger one... I can look back and see what size I got... BRB

edit: I got this one 6x36

u/nohorseman · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I was going to say PVC pipe, too. I have a Rumble Roller and I love it.

u/onduty · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding

Good timing for this question, I was just talking about this on my way home tonight. Basically, I foam rolled for about a year consistently, always before lifting. I immediately felt better in my upper back but everywhere else it always hurt like hell and my mobility still kinda sucked (relatively). Fast forward to about 4 months ago and I'm still foam rolling but pain is still there and mobility gains are lacking. About this time I switch to a much harder roller and no joke I've had a huge improvement in my knees, back, hip flexors and glute activation on squat. Old roller New roller

tl;dr- needed a harder roller and persistence over a period of months before I noticed the gains

u/superpony123 · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I don't think cheap vs fancy makes a huge difference so much as the type of roller you are getting (density, firmness, texture). This is the one I have although I am pretty certain I did not pay nearly that much for it. I think I paid around $25 for it which was a fair price. It's a good quality roller. I've seen cheaper rollers that wont last very long (especially those styrofoam-looking ones) but those were also in commercial gyms so I suspect they were HEAVILY used and would fare much better in a home setting with only one or two people using it.

Figure out what kind of roller you like (soft vs firm, smooth vs textured) and find a reasonably priced one. I think paying more than $25 for a roller is silly especially if it's going to be kept at home where it would be hard to ruin it. The trigger point one I linked is a very hard/firm roller, which is what I like, but it's still overall flat (but it does have little nubs here and there which I like). I don't like the ones with really huge nubs, personally. I also don't like softer rollers with no texture at all. So I think the trigger point roller is a good roller for me--its firm enough that I can get some deep massaging in but it doesnt have the big spikey nubs which for me are painful.

u/cyclonejack · 3 pointsr/crossfit

Foam rollers is something I gave my box. 6x12" round high density are awesome for rolling out after a workout. I got these from Amazon for $10 each.

u/TunaBoo · 3 pointsr/fitness30plus

I got the very long black one.. for example

Main 2 variables are length and firmness. If you got the space, longer is better (helps sometimes to have a long one). And for firmness, generally the firmer the better.

u/hibachijoe · 3 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I've had excellent success with a foam roller and other tools recommended by physical therapists. Dr. Kelly Starrett and Katy Bowman are both great resources for more information on this approach. I definitely recommend talking to your doctor or physical therapist about it!

u/Econolife-350 · 3 pointsr/running

You can just search them on Amazon. I bought this one specifically because it had good reviews but more than a few in there look just like it with similar reviews, all highly rated. It's also REALLY helpful if you have recurring ankle sprains according to my buddy who used it for that specifically.

Yes4All Wooden Wobble Balance Board – Exercise Balance Stability Trainer 15.75 inch Diameter - Black - ²DB6FZ

u/grae313 · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I have the basic black roller I was given when I went to physical therapy, looks like this one from amazon. Works perfectly fine for me but maybe I just don't know what I'm missing? I've tried out the spikey ones but I don't feel they're worth the extra money. Heck, some people use PVC pipe. Any basic roller and a few lacrosse balls and you should be good, IMO.

u/yoordoengitrong · 3 pointsr/snowboarding

I bought one of these:

Then I built a little stand for it out of 2x4s so it wouldn't roll around.

I also bolted a pair of old bindings directly to the biggest skateboard deck I could find (my buddy donated one of his old decks).

I use it to practice like this:

(obviously i'm working up to 360s, lol)

total cost is under $40.

u/mmmmmmburritos · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

There are a ton of fancy ones out there but I really love this simple foam roller on Amazon.

It’s high density and really durable so it gets all the spots I need worked and seems to last forever!

u/a-german-muffin · 3 pointsr/running

If you're looking for a firm one, I can readily endorse this sucker. It hasn't lost a bit in about two years.

u/serenity_flame · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

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u/LGoldGirl · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I got this: (how do I change displayed text, by the way) for my gym's white elephant, and had it sitting on my desk, in my cube. One of the dirtier (but funnier) guys in my office, comes up to my desk to ask me something and goes "ooh, what's this"... Never would have considered that, turned bright red, and spit out my coffee, laughing. It's now in a drawer.

tl;dr: My mind is (apparently) not dirty enough to realize that the muscle massager sitting in a box on my desk at work, looks vaguely like a sex toy.

u/saintamour · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Amazon seems to have the best prices on Foam Rollers. You can also pick up some cheap PVC tubing from Home Depot, Lowes, etc.

This one seems like the same exact one I use at the gym.

u/blah88 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I bought this one at Amazon in 2007, use it at least an hour a week, and it is still as good as new.

u/twigger · 2 pointsr/running
  • Spend as much time walking around barefoot as you can, for me at least it helps loosen up my feet and calves

  • Ice the problem area (20 minutes on/20 minutes off/20 minutes on) as often as you can

  • If you can get your hands on a foam roller/massage stick, they're both great for helping loosen problem areas

  • When you start running again take the time to fully stretch out your calves after running

  • Try to run on soft surfaces, the reduced stress on your legs is significant
u/niiru · 2 pointsr/running

For me, the stick and/or a foam roller do more to loosen up my calves between runs than stretching ever did.

u/dcs24 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

This one is the best.

u/anaisamy · 2 pointsr/BarefootRunning

I bought this one after reading they were helpful, but I kind of feel like it's too big? Or I just don't know/understand how to use it the right way.

Do you just lay on your Coke bottle and roll it down your leg?

u/joejance · 2 pointsr/snowboarding

A few of these items have been mentioned, but let me add to them. I have a 3-day weight lifting workout which is all four sets of of ten in a circuit. I do shoulders and lower body one day a week, and here are my lower body exercises from that day that are most relevant to snowboarding:

  • Leg press
  • Calf presses
  • Leg curls
  • Leg extensions
  • Lunges

    On another day I also do back extensions, and I also do core (think sit-ups and similar exercises). I think these are also relevant to snowboarding. Additionally I do two-leg, and one-leg (no weight) squats on a balance board at home on off-gym days. I was a skateboarder when I was growing up and have snowboarded quite a bit, yet I was surprised at how much I have built up my balance on this thing. Balance is a skill that can be taught, so give yourself a head start on the board.

    Cardio. I used to ride the bike at the gym but have recently gotten into running. I run 5k X 5 days a week. If you don't run then go down to your local runner's shop and have them watch you walk and run. They will tell you what kind of shoes you should use. I always hated running but I did this and got some adjusted shoes and have been running consistently for the last two months. This builds endurance like crazy, and has also built up the muscles around my ankles and calves. It also trims fat like crazy.

    One last thing. Even in flat land Iowa there are sled hills. You might find yourself a cheap snowboard and get the basics down on a hill around your house or school. Simple things like getting up from sitting, skating (this is where you only have one foot in a binding and are pushing off with the other to move), and turns can easily be learned on a local hill. In fact I would argue it might be easier. If you can master a few basic skills like these then your trip to Denver will be much more enjoyable.

u/aggyaggyaggy · 2 pointsr/running

Here are a few possibilities to explore:

(1) You're not doing enough strength training. Having big ol' muscles helps stabilize your other muscles. An expert would put you on a treadmill and show you that many of your muscles aren't stabilizing the others as they should.

(2) Look up Active Release Technique and you'll see all the sorts of things that can happen to a muscle over time, especially if you were inactive for a long time as is implied in your post. A physical therapist can work these things out rather quickly. Make sure you see a PT with a specialty in sports-related injuries.

(3) Running form. Small issues are exaggerated over longer and longer distances and as your muscles stretch during a long run. I don't think I need to say much about this besides the recommendation to get a running coach.

(4) If you have been sedentary for a while, your muscles/tendons will still require a few more months to regrow into runner's form. Your bones will take more like 9-21 months.

(5) Stretching is good, add a foam roller. Use YouTube videos and this foam roller:

Hope this helps. Just some guesses and general advice.

u/yaesnae · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

Yay foam rolling! For those of us who are less crafty, this is my favorite roller to date. Roll on!

u/kgbdrop · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Not normal for me at least. I don't do too much stretching before squats or deadlifts. At least not static stretching. I'll do some light cardio to get the blood pumping, do some leg swings and then do some third world squats to really loosen things up a bit.

Beyond that, a lot of the lingering soreness can be prevented by fully stretching afterwards. I do all the standard leg stretches combined with several yoga poses (table->cat->cow; caterpillar; modified cobra plus plenty of long child's poses) along with using a foam roller. Foam rollers really are magic and worth the investment. I use one of these are the gym but any works so long as it is fairly hard. Roll over your legs and back. It will hurt a bit like a proper massage hurts in a good way.

The generally accepted mantra is active stretching beforehand and static stretching afterwards.

u/skrimyr · 2 pointsr/running

Try one of [these] ( I had something similar where after running I couldn't walk up or down stairs. Everything else I could feel it, but it was generally OK. Mine was self diagnosed ITBS, and I started using a foam roller after every run on my outer thigh just above my knee working out any knots. There are days my knee will still be tender, but I have no major problems even after long run days.

u/mziemer · 2 pointsr/snowboarding

I thought I tore my meniscus this summer. Took it easy for 2 months (body weight exercises, stretching etc.), and finally saw a sports medicine doctor when I got back on campus (cause it was free). He said that 5-10% of the population have small meniscus tears and don't know it, or need to do anything about it cause they will heal. He ran me through some ROM and "does this hurt" drills. Since my pain and swelling had subsided I either had a meniscus tear that healed enough, or a fat pad impingement.

Story aside I have torn ankles, IT bands, abs, you name it. Best advice I can give it look up yoga or mobility wod drills/exercises. Knee pain could come from tight hips/ankles/hamstrings/back/etc. I use a foam roller and could not live without it! Another thing that helped me get over knee & IT band injuries was wearing knee sleeves. They give your knee extra stability when transitioning from no activity to moderate. Some people also use them as a safety mechanism when doing high stress exercises (heavy squatting etc.).

Self diagnosis will drive you crazy, if unsure go see a specialist. Also like any athlete repair your past injuries through yoga/mobility WOD exercises.

u/benjimann91 · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness


a little more expensive than the others, but worth every penny. i use this every other day. has helped increase my flexibility and relieves DOMS like no other.

u/Three_Fifty · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

Best one I've used

The Grid

u/kayden0000 · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Here's an x-post from /r/crossfit benefits of foam rollers. I bought this one from amazon and it's been the best one my dad and I have found yet. Use it a few times and you'll understand and feel the benefits.

u/ChiefmoBaggins · 2 pointsr/AskMen

This one and it's small cousin for travel use along with a lacrosse ball for my glutes and targeted work, and a peanut roller that I can stand on for plantar tendon stretches.

u/catfield · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I use a 13" Grid Roller

the slightly smaller ones are more versatile IMO, so I'd go with 12 or 18

also get a lacrosse ball for smaller target areas, a tennis ball has wayyy to much give

u/wintercast · 2 pointsr/RedditForGrownups

Yes, I needed to be picked up for a crack too. Get a foam roller. You will be able to crack your back yourself (as long as you can get down and back up from the floor unaided).

Costco has them for a good price. Otherwise excericse/running stores will have them.

Here is an example

u/internetmouthpiece · 2 pointsr/ShittyLifeProTips

Have you tried using a foam roller? If you are enrolled at a gym they definitely have one, if not I highly recommend getting one -- I use this one though this one is good as a softer variant for more tender areas

edit: I'm reading more 'focused' massage (lacrosse ball or a tennis ball) benefits the lower back specifically due to how the muscles work together to support that region of your back^source though foam rolling in general is a great form of self-massage. Here's a pdf of a book that's got great diagrams and very well written to help you understand trigger points.

u/TripleUltraMini · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I have this shorter one and it is FIRM.
You get used to it though... mostly

u/i_am_a_freethinker · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I don't think he made it, it looks like he's using this one.

If you want to make your own, just get a length of 4" PVC pipe. It doesn't have padding, but my god does it feel good.

u/NarcissaMalfoy · 2 pointsr/90daysgoal

Sure! Here's [a list of youtube videos] ( that show foam rolling in action. I don't know specifically how you're exercising but you should be able to find something that works for you. I foam roll for about two minute after lifting. I started with a roller like [this] ( but recently someone gave me this [fancy one] ( It's a bit "harder" which makes it better for me after rolling for months.

The only heads up I will tell you is that rolling hurts the first few times you do it. After a few days it's just uncomfortable. And then it doesn't hurt really at all. But it really really helps with doms.

u/series33 · 2 pointsr/dating_advice

you could try foam rolling your glutes with one of these:

it can be way more effective than stretching. just dont roll your lower back. you could roll your hamstring and calf too. always do both sides, to keep things balanced.

u/GodPuppie · 2 pointsr/running

Any running or sporting goods store will have one. I believe Target carries them too. Or check amazon.

There are a couple styles -- the cheaper, flat foam ones aren't quite as rigid and wear down more quickly, but they're functional -- I use one of these, because I'm broke. The nicer ones (like this) are sturdier and probably work a bit better (but also will hurt more when you first use them).

u/EnglishJogger · 2 pointsr/running

I use this one. It is good.

u/ferwick · 2 pointsr/running

Definitely. I use a lacrosse ball though. I also use two of them taped together to roll up and down my legs (think ball on ground, me rolling on top with my weight). The massaging is supposed to prevent less flexible scar tissue from building up in your muscles. You could also use one of these foam rollers or these massage sticks

u/blackmagicbeard · 2 pointsr/loseit

This roller is a little bit expensive here, maybe you can find it cheaper but I must say... It's fucking magical!

Sorry about your ankle. I know it's hard sometimes when you're smashing it at the gym and you don’t want to stop. You feel like a champ and you really want to blast everything in sight ha-ha. Just try and listen to what you're body is saying. If you get on the bike and something starts hurting really bad before you finish. Stop. Don't feel like you've failed. Walk away, and when you come back to it next time destroy its feeble attempts at breaking you with your supreme fitness!

u/The_Combo · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
u/lift_heavy_things · 2 pointsr/Fitness
  1. Are you foam rolling? It's unlikely you'd be getting shin splints from squats, those are related to impact. try one of those

  2. Normal. Do not do seated dumbbell, it works way fewer muscles.

  3. Don't deload (10-15%) until you've failed twice. And it's a per exercise thing, not all around.
u/W_Edwards_Deming · 2 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

Like this?

u/LouisvilleXV · 2 pointsr/running

Buy one of these guys.

p.s. it'll hurt like a bitch, but you wont be as sore in the morning.

u/Qinella · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Yes, indeed. OP, get yourself one of these if you don't have one already. It helps tremendously with muscle soreness.

To work your lower back on it, toss it down, lie on top of it with the roller going across your lower back, and use your legs to roll your upper body across it, from ass to mid-upper back. Feels so damn good.

u/proudanimal · 2 pointsr/C25K

It's like a foam roller on steroids! Here's their website. I got mine at a local athletic store, but you can buy them on Amazon too.

u/Chief_Corn · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Any of the top selling black foam rollers (OPTP AXIS) should do. If you're consistently using it you'll get used to it in a couple weeks or months before worrying about its firmness. Only after that progression can I can recommend the blue rumble roller. I've been rolling every other day for the past 6 years, and the rubber nubs is the only thing that continues to give me the stimulation I need.

u/Not_Ayn_Rand · 2 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Sit on one of these things. They have little stability so you're forced to sit up straight. You can bounce on it and stand on it if you have a standing desk, and the bottom side has massage spikes so it feels nice to stand on when your feet are tired.

u/YngPhoenix · 2 pointsr/rollerderby

I would recommend investing in something like this: balance pad It'll help you develop some stability and increase your balance over time. PT encouraged me to get one to practice at home. It's great for working on maintaining balance while shifting your center of gravity.

u/MexAmerica · 2 pointsr/LiverpoolFC
u/TheApiary · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I use this one

To do quads, just lie on your stomach with your quads on the roller and then slowly walk up and down with your hands to roll between knee and hip. Stop when you land on a sore spot and put pressure there for a few more seconds. And then roll onto your side and do IT band.

u/space_wasted_ · 2 pointsr/barstoolsports

I have a pretty basic foam roller that works well: Black High Density Foam Rollers Full Round - Extra Firm - 6" x 18" Round

If you don’t mind spending some money I also have the hypervolt from hyperice that I can’t recommend enough. Well worth the price of it.

u/FittestMILF · 2 pointsr/orangetheory

Also agree with the shoes so much.

Also, I can't stress enough that you should invest in a FOAM ROLLER and use it a few times a day! It has helped with any joint issues I had SO MUCH.

u/PrimusDCE · 2 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

You need to loosen up your muscles after working out. If you don't they will become tight and can cause discomfort, immobility, and injury. You after care is just as important as the workout itself.

Look up different stretches for your legs, back, hips, and glutes. Youtube should help.

Rolling is another method to loosen your muscles and get really hard to reach knots. Look for products like these:

A tennis ball and/ or a lacrosse ball are also good things you can use to roll your glutes and feet.

Getting a semi-regular deep tissue massage is also a good idea.

u/Texanjumper · 2 pointsr/orangetheory

Everyone likes different foam rollers. My coaches have said "the more dense, the better"

I have one similar to this, have friends that have one like this one and have others that use something like this foam roller stick

For "how to"... search youtube. MayoClinic has a bunch, find others that are highly rated/viewed. You aren't going to hurt yourself (well, I'm sure that's debatable), but essentially you want to roll from one end of the muscle to the other. (so for Hamstring, start in your hip, and roll on it down to your knee, and back up.) If it hurts, you're doing it right. I almost always cringe/almost cry.

u/callmeskippy · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Any recommended foam roller size, or does it not really matter? I was just looking at this one on Amazon, can I be cheap and cheerful and get the 6x12 or should I go bigger?

My doctor was both intrigued and mortified at the lack of mobility all the muscles surrounding both sides of my hips have. I think she was shocked that I could run at all.

u/newtolou · 2 pointsr/running

I bought a cheapo one on Amazon about 4 years ago. Its held up well with fairly regular use under my 185 pounds. I'd probably go shorter if I ordered again, 36" can be unwieldy.


u/Callix · 2 pointsr/bigboobproblems

Like one of these

LuxFit Foam Roller, Premium High Density Foam Roller - Extra Firm with 1 Year Warranty

You lay on your back on top of it and roll back and forth and it helps with sore muscles and also pops my back

u/BrianPurkiss · 2 pointsr/3gun

This is what I use:

Great tool. Works on your balance and strengthens a bunch of secondary muscles that are used when aiming. Also helps you learn to compensate for sway.

u/marijuanaperson · 2 pointsr/Mariners

Hell ya! Deadlifts and Squats are the ticket. Great compound lifts. Those will carry you a long way, Keep at em, really fun lifts. Invest in a Strech Strap and Foam Roller if you dont already have them.

Also a good routine to check out is the Starting Strength Program

Once you get in a routine it's really fun to push yourself. Keep at it!

u/bongrips4titties · 2 pointsr/running

AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller - 36-Inches

This a pretty standard one, it works great.

u/the_candidate · 2 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

I was never "taught" how or anything but after a workout I would do some normal stretches and just put the roller under my heels (well, lower calf I guess?) and lift myself off the ground and roll my entire legs, body, back, shoulders on it. The part where butt meets back felt the best! I just ordered this:

u/anewsubject · 2 pointsr/longboarding

Pistols squats and other squats at home will help build up muscle. I also got this roller and balance a board on it while in a tuck. It's a super cheap alternative to actually buying a balance board.

u/SaltyMikeFoxtrot · 2 pointsr/army

I second this. You can use quite a few things to roll/massage the bottom of your feet. I suggest:

1- Frozen bottle of water.
2- Tennis ball
3- Golf ball - - - Hurts soo good! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Consider rolling your calf muscles with a "The stick" and your thighs with a foam roller.

Between rolling and stretching you should feel better. Otherwise, I would get that checked out.

Also, take some Motrin and hydrate!

u/GhostBond · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Don't try to jump to fancy weird stuff, start off with something cheap and see it helps. $14:

I personally found a baseball more helpful for foam rolling than an actual roller anyways.

u/AslimmerAdare · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

[what you want your link to say](link address)

like this ^^^

For example: "muscle massager"

u/ilikefuzzythings · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I have one similar to this and it does the trick!

u/Kozinskey · 1 pointr/parentsofmultiples

What about a foam roller? They come in various sizes and you can always cut them down. Something like this

u/amriknsci · 1 pointr/Fitness

This is the one I have. Some of them are kind of soft/squishy, but this one is pretty dense and I like it because I feel I can break up knots easier with it.

It also came with a brochure outlining how to roll out different areas, although you can find plenty of info online. Your gym might have one in their stretching area if you want to give it a go, although the ones in my gym are more like glorified pool noodles.

u/splott · 1 pointr/Fitness

I'm lucky to work from home, so I can take breaks a lot.
One of my more active friends set herself up with a standing-desk setup, and last I heard she was trying to get permission to use a balance board. :)

u/poorsoi · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I've continued to train in martial arts and am even doing an intensive two-week kobudo "camp" next month! Our routine hasn't changed except for the fact that I steer clear of training with new people, and soon my instructor is going to make me wear a protective tae kwon do vest like this thing. Yeah... can't wait for that...

On my own, I make sure to do daily stretches and spend a lot of time on my wobble board to keep my balance up. I'm only 10.5 weeks now and don't intend to quit when I get bigger, so stretching and balance will be especially important later on.

Good on you for keeping up with your exercise! Apart from staying healthy, it really helps when you get to the point where you're too uncomfortable to fall asleep easily. When I was pregnant the first time around, my OB said "Labor is like running a marathon, and you should prepare for this too"... she was damn right.

u/Zootfish · 1 pointr/hockeyplayers

I bought this Reebok Balance Board on Amazon. $17.99 and Prime eligible. It's been great to work on balance exercises on. It certainly makes stick handling a bit more challenging.

u/TheySeeMeLearnin · 1 pointr/fitness30plus

The Grid

You want something firm where it won't give, but you do not want any of the bumpy parts sticking out - you can absolutely impede your recovery if you go too hard on your muscles during active SMR. On the pain scale, when you're working on yourself, you do not want to go above a 7 unless you're a trained physical therapist or massage therapist. Use the foam roller for long leg muscles.

Also, two lacrosse balls - I place one on either side of my neck and do a backbridge and slowly bring them down to the base of my spine, then re-position and dig into my glutes. Also, if you take one lacrosse ball and cram it between your backbone and scapula and life your arm from your side straight up over your head you can loosen the scapulae which will aid in more free-moving shoulders, neck, and pecs.

I've definitely worked out a lot of cumulative problems resulting from injury and overuse.

u/ekusubokusu · 1 pointr/NoFap

Get a foam roller, I'll link you to the one I use. There are plenty of great videos on how to get some good workout on it. It's not necessarily 'workout' but a myofascial (muscle) releasing massage. There is a degree of exertion. Also , just bodyweight exercises. Your body needs that dopamine at that minute when you have the urge, so give it some endorphins with a great exercise. Kettlebells, foam roller, pull-up bar, whatever. Just get your body into exertion mode for 20 minutes and close out with a cold shower.

u/PJ-SB · 1 pointr/kravmaga

I agree. Foam roller (Trigger Point is awesome), protein, and fish oil are great. I would also add that having a recovery drink that has protein
and carbs (like Mike's Mix) really helps. The carbs will help with muscle recovery so you feel back to normal strength sooner after a hard workout.

u/Ridgeback111 · 1 pointr/bjj

I never went back to my chiro after I bought a foam roller. Plus, I can use it anytime I feel the need. Well worth the $ I spent on it.
I use one similar to this:

u/-paradox- · 1 pointr/JoeRogan

You know what's been awesome post workout - foam roller. Specifically this type.

I play lots of soccer too, just bought a pair of new cleats. I'm ready for summer.

u/emjayrose · 1 pointr/BabyBumps
u/clive_bigsby · 1 pointr/Fitness

I've tried them all and would say the best one is the pvc core with a 1/2" layer of foam around it. Going straight pvc can be a bitch if you roll over a nerve or bone and the all foam ones are too mild.

Something similar to this: TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller with Free Online Instructional Videos, Original (13-inch)

u/Thesealiferocks · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I work at a running store. Not sure what you will be using it for, but assuming you will be rolling out legs, I would recommend this one. It's not only a top seller, but will last you your entire life. Unless you plan on doing your back, the small size is fine.

u/small_tits404 · 1 pointr/EOOD

this one, worth every penny:

u/midnightslip · 1 pointr/flexibility

Incorporate usage of a foam roller into your daily life. It will help loosen your muscles so that you may stretch. You can find cheap ones on Amazon ($20) but I recommend this sturdy one:

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller with Free Online Instructional Videos, Original (13-Inch), Black

Watch some YouTube videos on how to roll out your muscles. I have tight hamstrings and It's a very helpful tool for me. Good luck to you.

u/ethovk · 1 pointr/Fitness

I was wrestling over the same purchase decision for months. I finally got the Theragun last week, and I can't put it down. The multiple ways to grip the handle is surprisingly useful. I have all of the massage devices listed below, and there's nothing quite like the Theragun. Previously, I hesitated in working on areas that were particular painful. The Theragun allows me to work trouble areas more often. My wife and I use it everyday.


u/babaoriley06 · 1 pointr/golf

I generally roll out my back with a foam roller after each range session or round. It releases a lot of stress. Something similar to this will help:

For a long term solution, strengthen your back with exercises and stretch regularly.

u/MHMoose · 1 pointr/piano

I had a similar problem when I started playing last year and ended up with a kind of random solution. I just had one of those metal folding chairs and it wasn't really the right height for my keyboard. So one day I started sitting on the foam roller that I use and actually like it so much I haven't changed it and use it every time I practice. Even thinking about using one at work eventually.

u/queenbeluga · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

Yup yup, just take it slow and listen to your body. If you get into it then one you know you're going to continue then I recommend getting some squat shoes. I think it might be helpful to get a foam roller right off the bat for dem horrible newbie DOMS, but other than that you shouldn't need anything really to get started.

u/everydayjokes · 1 pointr/xxfitness

> Does foam rolling have to be done directly before/after your workout

Nope. Any time is fine. Some people like to foam roll before bed. I'm finding I like to foam roll after I lift, so I log this guy around.

u/JUDGE_DREAD6 · 1 pointr/Fitness

stretch your calves man. a common agitator of fallen arches or plantar fasciitis is tight calves. stretch those puppies out if it's not too sore, and get a foam roller, or one like this if it's in the budget. As for exercises, it sounds like you can do all of the upper body stuff with no problems, but what can you do for lower? can you do body weight squats? would a set of dr. Scholes arch supports help enough? can you ride a bike? Cycling is great cardio.

u/MF_Mood · 1 pointr/gainit

Should I get a regular high-density foam roller or do these Trigger Point rollers work better?

u/sunburnt · 1 pointr/running

I have used a stick before, but one with rollers like this one:

In my experience, the stick doesn't work nearly as well as a foam roller. For what it's worth, this the foam roller I use:

The reason I like the roller more is because I can put a lot more weight on the area I am massaging with a foam roller. I feel like I am getting a deeper massage that way.

The stick is very nice for travel, though.

u/NYSenseOfHumor · 1 pointr/backpain

I'm 25-35 and have had back pain for years, sitting makes it worse and driving is worse than sitting so your experience is typical.

If you have a medical emergency get to an ER and/or call 911 or your national equivalent.

I've found massages help a lot, more than chiropractic in my experience. Massages for me provide longer-term relief and the massage therapist also focuses on secondary symptoms in the arms and legs that can be caused by a radiated nerve.

Since your massage is not until Friday see if you can get a walk-in or at least short notice chiropractic appointment, many have them available for this reason and it might just help carry you over.

If you can get an appointment with your primary care they may write a prescription. You should do this anyway because back problems only get worse.

I've found that wearing a back brace while sitting at my desk helps a lot, [this one] ( is the number one best seller on Amazon for a reason, I wore it all day today.

Make sure to stretch, a lot. I am bad about it when I am working and get into a project but it's important. [Foam rollers] ( are great for before and after work since it may be strange to have in your office.

For while at work, look at these videos on desk stretching from the [Mayo Clinic] (

Heat and/or ice helps too.

u/jemesnyc · 1 pointr/yoga

I use this one

It's actually plastic in the middle, so it doesn't compress and loose integrity. I definitely recommend it.

u/occamsquattro · 1 pointr/running

Awesome thanks. And great gif!

I'll definitely read the FAQ. Since I have no experience running, I have no idea how tough this is actually going to be. My only comparison is starting hockey four years ago having never done it before. It's easily the most intense workout I've ever experienced. Having learned to push through your body saying "dude, what the fuck, this isn't cool anymore", I'm not as worried about the discipline aspect of it. The thing I'm most worried about is getting fatigued or injured and having my schedule slip. It's so tight, I can't afford any mistakes.

I recently picked up this, because I write software all day and my back is always tight, and it's awesome. I also just picked up some running shorts and shirts today, so the only other major purchase on my list is shoes. I think I'll wait until I'm up around 5+ miles before making that purchase.

I can keep people updated -- maybe do a weekly update on my progress -- if there's interest.

u/minal187 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


Handing Depression

Depression is rough and what works for some people might not work for others. For me, I tried to go to the gym to de-stress and get my mind of things. However, this might not work for you (just like how talking to people about it didn't work for me when I was depressed). Honestly, it's really hard the the scariest thing for me was not knowing when I will stop feeling how I felt. My only advise is to find SOMETHING to do (talk, go to the gym, pick up a hobby, hang out with friends, etc.). The worst is doing nothing about it.

Now for the funny story:

One time I was always mugged by a snake:

Last summer I was traveling across Europe with three of my friends. We had three days in Prague. After checking in we spent the majority of the first day exploring and doing all of the touristy things. The second day we split up into two pairs and walked around the city. Now, me and my friend go to the town square to marvel at the architecture and see all the tourist traps. We walk down an alley to see the famous clock thingy (the one where everyone gets married in front of apparently) and take photos.

As we are walking we suddenly get a wave of tourists walking the other way (making it extremely crowded and hard to turn around and walk the other way). As we keep walking, we notice this one guy. He walked up to us and he has a GIANT SNAKE on his body (like 7 feet long). So he comes over and says "hi how's it going". Obviously, we think he's going to make us touch it and then try to take our money. Nope. HE PUTS THE SNAKE RIGHT ON MY FRIEND. Simple "Hi, how's it going" places snake on her

My friend is pseudo-laughing and freaking out and I'm chuckling cause it's really random. Anyways, he takes the snake off and looks at me. I'm like "no no no man, I'm good" and he just places it on me. I don't know if you've had a giant snake on you before, but I didn't like it. Anyways, he's trying to chat us up and asking questions "hey where are you from?" etc. We say we're from Canada and whatnot...

ALL OF A SUDDEN he looks at me and his smile disappears. He says (exact words): " you pay". The MOMENT he says this, the snake (which is still on me) starts squeezing both AROUND MY NECK and the tail AROUND MY BALLS. Now, usually when a beggar/street performer asks for money I immediately say no. But this time two very vulnerable places were being threatened at the same time. He says it's 200 Krona (the local currency) and I'm like OKOK. I open my wallet and I only have one 500 bill left. He looks at it and says "it's 200 Krona each". I'm like WTF he's ripping us off. Anyways, he grabs the bill and hands me a fist full of coins and takes the snake off. I look at the coins and it's a bunch of 10s and I start counting. As I count, the snake slithers up my arm and starts hissing at me as if it was warning me not to dispute the amount. I take a step back and turn to my friend and say "this isn't the right amount (he only gave me 6 coins, so 60 Krona back). I turn around and BAM. He's gone. Guy used the snake to swindle me of 440 Kuno (which came up to be about $25-$30 Canadian).

And that's how I got mugged by a snake.

Product helping anxiety and depression

I used this to spend 20-30 minutes each day to massage my back, thighs, calves, and shoulders. It helps so much to relax and destress.

Or if that's too expensive, I use a simple lacrosse ball to massage my feet, shoulders and arms. Honestly, the small thing of doing this for 20-30 minutes before going to sleep helped a lot and it was another small thing that I did to help me release the stress and anxiety.


To make you laugh

u/aelephant · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Is this the Triggerpoint one? Original or "X Extra Firm"?

u/sarahmorris926 · 1 pointr/orangetheory

I use this one for my calves, quads, and hamstrings: - I love it!

u/Angoose_ · 1 pointr/Fitness
u/techrat_reddit · 1 pointr/Fitness

This seems to be only 20 dollars. Would you still recommend building my own?

u/cyclicpitch11 · 1 pointr/bootroom

Probably. If its muscle pain thats totally normal. You've probably built up a bit of lactic acid which causes the soreness. If you own a foam roller use it after you work out. It does wonders with breaking up lactic acid and making you feel a lot better. If you don't have one I totally recommend buying one. You can get them for pretty cheap off amazon and they really do work wonders. This one is 10 USD. They do hurt like a bitch if you're sore when you use them but after you feel 10x better. Also drinking a lot of water THROUGHOUT THE DAY (not just before and after working out) helps with muscle pain.

Joint pain is also probably fine and its just sore because you haven't done anything like this in a while. Just ice whatever hurts after working out.

I'm also not a doctor. If the pain stays at the same level for a while or becomes worse you might want to see a physical therapist. If you haven't heard/felt any loud pops or anything its extremely unlikely that you've done anything, but getting a professional's opinion never hurts.

u/spike_africa · 1 pointr/powerlifting

I would highly suggest foam rolling your entire back out after any serious lifting is done. I spent $20 on a hard foam roller from the full 36" one and it had made me feel so much better. I foam roll about once a day sometimes more if I am feeling super tight.

EDIT: Here is the one I got. I highly suggest you spend the $20 and feel better from it.

u/kenmoorhead · 1 pointr/bjj

I use this foam roller:

And a champro lacrosse ball... but those all seem to be pretty comparable, just different sizes. Mine is the NCAA regulation size.

I'm wanting to try out some different foam rollers / lacrosse balls soon to see how more specialized things like a trigger point roller or rumble roller compare with the basics.

u/thelastdeskontheleft · 1 pointr/Fitness


Definitely don't regret mine.

u/DawgVet · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Yup, it is a way to release lactic acid build up and stretch out those stiff muscles,without the decrease in power output nor increasing the potential for injury. Looks like this

u/brynnflynn · 1 pointr/running

Foam rolling, and regular icing. The exact same you would do during intense training. If you don't foam roll (and not everyone does), this is a great time to get into it before you need it. It's a dirt cheap insurance against injury if you're committed to running healthy.

u/mespeaknoenglish · 1 pointr/Fitness

I use this one 18" from here.

My friend has the 36" one its too long for my needs. I can roll my back out on the 18" one easily.

u/Epoch85 · 1 pointr/StopGaming

FOAM ROLL! Foam rolling + a good podcast is one of my greatest discoveries so far in life. If you do it right it can make a HUGE difference in how you feel. Do yourself a favor and try to practice foam rolling 20 minutes a day.

u/theredinthesky · 1 pointr/running

Just a simple smooth one works. I got this one off Amazon.

u/googlechromer · 1 pointr/gainit

Buy a foam roller for christmas also if you don't have one already!

u/schmin · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Personally I want an ice cream attachment for my stand mixer so I can make amazingly rich, but actually healthy frozen Greek yogurt! Alternately, this quick pop maker might do the trick.

A weighted hula hoop is surprising work, and fun too! A kite will get you outside, and I can't WAIT for Just Dance 2014 because it will allow for online play and I need that extra boost to get me back into it -- I think I need some new songs too. =P

I have a foam roller that works like a massage and stretching at the same time, and you might want a yoga mat like this one that hopefully won't off-gas nasty smells.

You can order workout shoes online, but only AFTER you go into a physical store and try them on, and wear the ones you think you want around in the store for at least half an hour, trying to mimic various motions.

u/Uberbagel · 1 pointr/Fitness

I just got this one in 36" full round for posture correcting exercises to help me work on my slouch and APT.

If this is your first roller I would definitely go with the full size as it seems that you can do a lot more exercises with a full than a half. I'm 6' 2" and 200lbs and it seems pretty solid to me so you should be alright. Just make sure you don't toss it around and are careful with weights around that thing as it is just foam, no matter how dense it is.

u/heavilyarmedclown · 1 pointr/bjj

Using a foam roller or a muscle roller really helps move lymphatic fluid and blood into affected areas. Its powers should not be underestimated for both aiding in injury and recovering from damage to muscle.

u/cn33 · 1 pointr/gainit

Look at getting this one. Does that work? And what length of roller do you suggest?

u/BuckeyeWolf · 1 pointr/crossfit
u/jenjunum · 1 pointr/running

I bought this one on Amazon:

My PT just told me to get a foam roller, he didn't tell me there were different densities. So I ended up with the hardest one. But also for an ITBS. There are videos on youtube, my PT showed me how to use it but sometimes I need a refresher.

He also said the injury was likely because I needed to strength train more. I've been doing a lot of squats and planks.

u/ohaimynameis · 1 pointr/Fitness

What does your protein and creatine intake look like? Protein helps significantly with soreness, and proper protein intake while working out is crucial to muscle growth. Without protein, I took forever to recover and it was hurting my schedule because after two days of working a certain muscle group, I still was not ready.

Also, foam rolling is fantastic for muscle soreness. I currently use this and have had spectacular recovery rates compared to before.

Protein and foam rolling are the two things that have helped me significantly in my recovery rate.

u/red_lambda · 1 pointr/Fitness

What exercises should I do with said roller? Is it this?

u/kachoi · 1 pointr/Fitness

Don't spend that kind of money on a foam roller. Here's the one I bought for $19 and it works great.

u/BreachBirth · 1 pointr/crossfit

I bought my black high density foam roller for about $20 on Amazon... You'll feel it plenty if you havent used it before... Lots of great videos online on how to use it. A lacrosse ball would be a nice step up after that.


u/simchild · 1 pointr/crossfit

We have a roller that looks like this. I love that thing....

u/persianninja · 1 pointr/Fitness

If you can afford it check out the rumble roller

I had been using a foam roller for years and thought it was too soft as well. I recently started working out a gym that has one of these, it is amazing.

u/elmay · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Here's a link to the Rumble Roller. It is more intense than other foam rollers.

u/Foamrrroller · 1 pointr/keto

I recommend the spiky Rumble Roller, if you have built up tolerance. Like this one:

I have also made a deep tissue instrument by putting two lacrosse balls into an old sock with a knot in between. It's great for tight gluteus and shoulder muscles. I even use it as a double action on the erector spinae.

Here's my playlist on why gluteus rehab is so goood for you:

u/dizzyvonblue · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I don't have much experience, other than working with a few autistic adults, and most of the time I would have to work around their sensory issues to get them to work with me.

Maybe this will help him stay focused and make him want to sit in his seat more often. Wobble Seat

I'm going to link you to the search results for fidget toys and things. These might help him stay focused,and keep him in his seat. Fiidget Toys they also have some pencil toppers that you might want to look at!

I hope everything works out. And you are absolutely awesome for going above and beyond in trying to help him out.

u/vatothe0 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Keep your feet off the floor/chair legs or do an L sit while working.

If your chair arms can be raised pretty high, sitting on one of these will make you very aware of your poor posture and help you correct it.

You could also try a kneeling chair.

u/iNeedAValidUserName · 1 pointr/dogs

I assume this was targeted at me, just fyi since you didn't reply directly I didn't get alerted!

Things like a fan (~$60) dedicated to him in his room, and an elevated bed (~$21) to better facilitate keeping him cool that we managed to fit in his crate (orange may have pics?).

Some items to save US headaches include rug tape (~$15) to keep him and our stuff from getting slid around as he plays, a light-weight crate (~$86) for when we bring him with us to places and need a place for him to lay down and relax, mainly for when we are doing stuff with our other dog.

LOTS of clickers were purchased just so they are always handy. Some other oddities, like balance balls and stuff just to get him used to being on strange surfaces. This is mainly to set him up for future competition success, though.

Bitter Apple spray to make sure he doesn't chew things he shouldn't (rugs, shoes, couches, chairs, base board, electrical wires...basically anything that isn't his toy got sprayed daily for the first few weeks). Lots of Natures Miracle & paper towels to clean up any accidents.

u/radieschen79 · 1 pointr/Osteoarthritis

One of these:

I agree with your doc, my knees still rattle when doing squats (that's perfectly normal), but the popping noise when climbing stairs stopped completely and I had those for many years. I intensified the squats with free weights gradually.

u/RQ0 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Sorry, don't mean to hijack the great suggestion, but if you plan on doing a lot of fitness stuff, this grid roller might last longer. My friend is very active, and he says this is more durable than the foam rollers which can shrink and compress over time. (Twice the price of what was suggested tho.)

But wow, crossfit! I have been oggling them for a long time and when I can find work again, I think I will splurge and pay the exorbitant monthly fee. Drool...

u/joefitness · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I bought the cheaper 18" one on Amazon and It's been used pretty heavily in my gym for the past year with no problems.

I say buy a bigger one to use on a regular basis and buy a short one to travel with.

Save the extra $$ on a cheaper roller for a couple lacrosse balls and tape them together.

u/nitarrific · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I recommend something like this with the solid plastic inside wall, they hold their shape better and don't wear out as quickly.

u/lost12 · 1 pointr/Fitness

started off with a typical high-density foam roller, then moved on to a deep tissue roller (the ones with a PVC core). I gave the foam roller to my friend, Jess. At first, the deep tissue roller was painful at some points, almost made me watery eyed when I rollered over some knots on my leg. But I'm getting accustomed to it now. My friend Jess wanted to try my current deep tissue roller and she loves it.

I'm thinking maybe it's time for me to pass this down to her and get myself something firmer. What do fine people think?

I hear some of the bigger/bulkier people talk about using just a PVC pipe. I don't think I'm ready for that yet. Seems like the firm one that's advertised often is Trigger Point Grid X Roller .. but ouch that's expensive for 13" $50.

u/tmac213 · 1 pointr/nSuns

hey man, sorry this is late, but here are some links:

You don't need a foam roller to do the above videos. It would help for your triceps though. I like this one - extra firm of course. good luck!

u/blue_27 · 1 pointr/P90X

Are you hurt, or are you injured? ... Hurt means you can still play, and injured means you can't.

Either way, try to do the yoga. It's very low-intensity, and the stretching will help increase blood flow, which is what you want right now. I also strongly suggest a foam roller. I would get on YouTube (or better yet, see a PT and get professional advice!) and try to target the areas that are bothering you.

u/DomesticSlacker · 1 pointr/40plusxxfitness

This is the one I own. I like it. Research whether you may want to start with a less firm one.

u/dumbmonekzy · 1 pointr/ACL

What really helped me was a balance board, like this: I started off easy with 2 leg balancing, then moved to 2 leg squats, and then finally 1 leg balancing. I've found its really helped with my walking and running, I just feel more secure on uneven surfaces.

u/NotSoTubbybear · 1 pointr/Fitness

I would roll with that one. Honestly the 18in would be fine but if you have the money buying the bigger one won't have any drawbacks.

Here's the one I have (I bought the 18inch)

u/kneeonball · 1 pointr/Fitness

It'll work, I just prefer the basic ones with no bumps. Easier to roll on and probably easier to find the exact spot you need that's tight. If you find a spot you really need to get into a lacrosse ball or tennis ball would be better than the bumps on that anyway.

I'd just get this and a lacrosse ball.

u/NAh2o · 1 pointr/Fitness

I have some pretty persistent back problems and I've got a whole set tools to keep things in check. I recommend this foam roller from Amazon:

u/ayksun · 1 pointr/Fitness

do yourself a favor and go buy yourself one of these things.

u/keys_and_kettlebells · 1 pointr/loseit

Yeah, after than initial whoosh, 1-2 lb per week is definitely a comfortable rate. I'd also recommend a foam roller, Amazon Basics has a good one that is sensibly priced:

u/elJefedcog · 1 pointr/sportsmedicine

It's unfortunate that your chiropractor has not been more forthcoming in terms of patient education on topics like spinal rehabilitation, mobility exercises, indentification of weak vs. tight muscle groups, ect. but also your physical therapist? That's, like, what a physical therapist is supposed to be good at. Maybe you can look into options nearby but off base that would be willing to spend more time with you. A quick Google search may help find a chiropractor with a wider variety of services.

If you have the option to do this, here are some protocols that my help you which a provider may advertise on their website: selective functional movement assessment (SFMA), functional movement screening (FMS), myofascial release; instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM/Graston); functional rehab; kinesiotaping (RockTape or KT); McKenzie mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT); and Active Release Technique (ART). Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head that may relate to you. However, I will say that without a thorough history & examination I can only guess at what may be appropriate for you and this is in no way an accurate guaranteed solution to your problem.

Lastly, if your primary issue is that you are tight, spinal movement is restricted, your posture has been identified as poor and you are seriously interested in putting the time into fixing yourself, I will rattle off some techniques and resources that may help you get an idea of where to focus your attention. Since you have identified your thoracic spine as the primary region for which you seek treatment it is important to understand what is normal and then compare yourself against that (with an exam). Normal T-Spine range of motion (active or passive) goes something like, flexion; 50-70 degrees, extension; 20-30 degrees, lateral flexion; 25-35 degrees, and rotation; 40-55 degrees. So when doing exercises you have to make sure you are working through each and every plane of movement as well as stretching/releasing the muscle groups that activate motion respectively. That's some Google searching and light reading that you can do on your own.

Finally, here are some exercises you can add to focus on mobility. If you do not have a foam roll, get one. Exercise bands help too but the foam roll is numero uno. Something inexpensive like this roller as an example will do just fine. Exercises that focus on rotation & extension such as quadriped thoracic extension and thoracic windmill and the modified reverse fly and band resisted thoracic extension are just a few examples of exercises work well for covering the rotational component of thoracic movement. The Foam Roll Thoracic Extension is definitely a cornerstone movement for thoracic mobility. Lastly, a common occurrence in patients with postural and thoracic mobility/pain issues is that breathing patterns and diaphragmatic muscle activation is less than optimal. For this area, your yoga is a great tool for retraining breathing patterns to be functionally sound. A quick exercise that incorporates breathing and postural correction is the Brugger exercise as an example of this important part of thoracic mobility and postural rehabilitation.

Everything I have presented here is to present ideas of what types of exercises may help you if your condition is primarily musculoskeletal in nature. Your past medical history and instructions given to you directly by your primary care physician, physical therapist, chiropractor, physiatrist or orthopedic specialist that you have had direct contact with is going to be the law, as they have had the time for a proper exam. That said, no one component alone is going to fix you. Incorporating healthy lifestyle components like good nutrition, proper hydration, adaquate sleep, regular chiropractic corrective adjustments and stress reduction is just as important as anything else I've presented here. In closing, as questions. If you have questions that your doctor's won't answer for you, fire them. If you have to go elsewhere, go. If you have to pay out of pocket for care you need because your insurance doesn't cover what actually helps you then that's something you have to come to terms with. Everyone wants the best of the best until they have to pay for it. A good practitioner of physical medicine that will spend the time with you to teach you to do as much as you can independently so as to correct the cause of the problem instead of just treating symptoms can save you a lot of time, aggravation, pain and need for medical intervention later in life if you follow through with their instructions. I hope something I have presented here helps you. When your buddies have similar problems, share the information that helped you get through it. Knowledge exists to be shared for the benefit of everyone, not hoarded behind a pay wall. However, health care providers spend a lot of time learning techniques and information to help heal those in need and those skills are worth the cost of changing lives, eliminating pain, giving people their lives, their health, and their mobility back to people who forgot what it was like to function as a normal human should from a biomechanical/kinematic perspective. Good luck and thank you for your service.

u/stashtv · 1 pointr/golf

High density form roller

Use it often. Use it before doing activities. Use it after said activities. Worth every penny.

u/UnhelpfulProtagonist · 1 pointr/Fitness

Did you know those foam rollers at the gym are cheap? Foam Roller

u/worf2picardfor3 · 1 pointr/backpain

Yes! What's helped me mitigate the pain over the years is to: 1) do 15 minutes of stretching/mobility exercises first thing in the morning (free routines are available on the Nike Training App and 2) take a break from walking and do a "lower back squat stretch". I also use a foam roller afterwards. It's only a few bucks on Amazon.

u/themadscribe · 1 pointr/PacificCrestTrail

The 18" amazon basics foam roller is 7.1 ounces on my scale.

I'm not planning on bringing it, but it would be pretty easy to attach to the outside of your pack with some shock cord.

u/PM_ME_YOUR_SNAPPERS · 1 pointr/running

A [foam roller]( High-Density Round Foam Roller | 18-inches, Black Amazon basics ones are cheap, but if you want to slurge a little more a trigger point one is my favorite but more expensive.

Another thing I would have liked when I started was support and someone else enjoying my hobby. Sometimes some company on a run would be nice (you could ride a bike beside him on his long runs for example, or even run with him) or having a good set of recovery snacks or a smoothie or something set out for when he returns.

u/Saucermote · 1 pointr/ChronicPain

The one I got is 18 inches long and 6 inches in diameter, but you can get them in a bunch of different sizes.

Here it is on Amazon, if you want a starting place.

u/smashinMIDGETS · 1 pointr/bjj

I bought one on the suggestion of my physiotherapist. Don't know the science behind it. All I know is after I do it, I feel much better.

I'm using one similar to this fiancee prefers using one like this

u/shesthebeesknees · 1 pointr/orangetheory

I have really tight calves and my doctor suggested foam rolling. It really helps! Watch YouTube videos to make sure you're doing it right, and really take your time with it. I like to use it while I watch TV at night. I use this basic one from Amazon and it works great:

I second the other comment about eating enough protein. That has helped with my soreness a lot too.

u/slapshot515 · 1 pointr/golf

Hurt my lower back playing hockey when I was younger, now it tightens up pretty easily. I usually take an Aleve or 2 before playing (I can usually feel when I wake up how it's going to act later).

As /u/Cad-bane said, a foam back roller between rounds for a few minutes works wonders when you can't afford a massage every month. I bought this one (18in) a year ago, don't know how I ever lived without it, worked wonders.

u/NYCMAC · 1 pointr/crossfit


Also, I was gonna get the basic trigger point therapy (lime green or orange one). How much harder is the hard one? Do You suggest that I should just skip the classic one for the hard one?

Lastly, you sure that the basic high-density foam filled rollers aren't as good as the trigger point hard one? By basic I'm referring to one like this:

u/boomchickboomchick · 1 pointr/weightlifting

I also had someone murder my calves and achilles tendon area with a roller stick thing right before squatting and that really helped. i screamed a lot. good luck.

u/trent_33 · 1 pointr/hockeygoalies

Stretching is good. I'd also recommend a pair of CoreShorts (or whatever equivalent they sell now) and a foam roller. Your groin muscles will thank you later.

Unless you're really wide (like morbidly obese), 18" is fine. I bought a 36", decided it was too big, and cut it in half and gave the other piece to my girlfriend.

u/Ksrugi · 1 pointr/Theatre

I do yoga and use my foamroller. I find that I'm more satisfied with my shows when my body is warmed up and my mind starts from a place of release.

u/n9ucs · -5 pointsr/YouShouldKnow

Foam rolling~~ both your lower back an~~ your hip flexor. You can do this as much as you want. You can't do it too much. This is what I use. Make sure to keep your knee off the ground when rolling your hip flexor.

Other than go through these threads. They know way more than me.